REPUBLIC OF KENYA
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SANITATION
THE PROVINCIAL PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER
RE: GLOBAL HAND WASHING DAY CELEBRATION 15/10/2012 REPORT
The 5th Global Hand washing (GHW) Day 2012 celebration was taken to a higher notch in our District this year, thanks to the national office and the provincial supervisors for giving us direction and support. In Bomet District the celebration was the second event after celebrating it in 2011 where a total of 500 pupils washed their hands with soap in one site of Kipreres Primary School.
This years GHW day with the theme “Help more children reach their 5th birthday.” saw more pupils turning up in 17 schools to wash hand s at different sites at the same time. Venues were entirely schools and teachers and pastors witnessed the occasion. Community health workers supported in bringing water at some schools. Partners and Stakeholders played key role that made the simultaneous Mass multiple hand washing at various sites succeed. Ministry of education, CDF, population services international, provincial administration gave profound support. Constituency Development fund –Bomet supported 12 schools participating by providing 100litre buckets and soaps which was used to facilitate washing of hands.
The schools that participated and subsequent achievement is tabulated below:
Name of Site Name of school Nearest market No. of pupils targeted Actual pupils
1 Pr. School Bomet Pri.sch Bomet town 700 599
Pre-school Bomet Pri.sch Bomet town 50 0
2 Pr. School St. Mary’s pr. Sch Bomet town 800 981
3 Pr. School Sagenya Pr.school Bomet town 300 358
4 Pr. School Raiya pr.school Bomet town 350 348
5 Pr. School Longisa pri.sch. Longisa Market 400
1576 (one site)
6 Pr. School Ol ngoswet pr. Sch. Longisa Market 380
7 Pr. School Sun shine academy Longisa Market 350
8 Pr. School Tegat primary Tegat Trading centre 300 718
9 Pr. School Cheboror Pr. Sch. Kiprereres 320 1102
10 Pr. School Koibeyon Kembu 500 624
11 Pr. School Chemaner Chemaner Market 350 0
12 Pr. School Kitoben pri. Kitoben market 320 292
13 Pr. School Kabusare Ndaraweta market 300 354
14 Pr. School Cheseon pri. Cheseon Market 470 671
15 Pr. School Tenwek Day pri. Tenwek Market 400 463
16 Pr. School Chepkolon Merigi 500 619
17 Pr. School Kiplokyi Kapkoros 430 0
18 Pr. school Silibwet silibwet 200
Total 7,220 8,905
Public health officers manned each site and provided education one hour before hand washing began on how to wash hand effectively using the soap. Longisa primary school hosted the the District event.Particpants (pupils) were registered by two teachers and for those who came from the other schools, their names were recorded as they arrive. In Longisa site, three other schools converged for the activity among them 2 private academies. Before the mass hand washing took place, pupils were taken through a session on how to effectively wash the hands. Because of there was high turnout of pupils in this site, six queues was put up and at exactly 11.am, pupils washed hands in rapid succession. 1573 pupils washed their hand in this site where the DO 1,Mr. Musyoka represented the County Commissioner to grace the function and read the Minister speech. Other dignitaries who were present in the District function included:
• PSI representative Mr.Ronoh
• Chair Lady Maendeleo Ya Wanawake,Mrs Taplelei
• DMOH,Dr, Mutai
• DHMT Memebers
• Religious Leaders
• Community health workers
I want to thank them all.
Elsewhere 12 primary schools participated similarly in their respective schools. The Divisional public health officers coordinated the activity by backing up the public health staff assigned to each site. Two teachers, the head teacher and the school health club teacher assisted in organizing pupils during the event, recorded those who participated. In each site, one pastor was identified to observe the event independently and latter provided written witness statements. In total 8,905 pupils washed their hands in the 16 sites (see table above).
Attached below are pictorial highlights of the hand washing event. I have also attached a video clip for one of the sites.